Macau | Visitors’ spending increased 16.4 per cent in 2017

Macau (MNA) – The total spending of visitors in Macau in 2017 increased 16.4 per cent year-on-year to MOP61.32 billion (US$7.64 billion), data from the Statistics and Census Service (DSEC) revealed on Friday. Spending by overnight visitors was up 18.2 per cent to MOP49.75 billion, while spending of same-day visitors increased 9.5 per cent to MOP11.57 billion.

Visitors’ per capita spending was MOP1,880 in 2017, up 10.5 per cent compared to 2016. Overnight visitors’ per capita spending increased 7.6 per cent to MOP2,883 and same-day visitors per capita spending increased 8.7 per cent to MOP754.

Mainland Chinese visitors spent the most during 2017, at an average of MOP2,203 , up 11.6 per cent when compared to 2016. The spending of visitors from Singapore, Malaysia and Japan also increased, while spending by those from Australia, the United States and the United Kingdom decreased.

Per capita shopping spending increased 14.9 per cent year-on-year to MOP855, mostly on local food products (MOP252) and cosmetics & perfume (MOP230), according to the DSEC.

Spending of visitors coming to Macau for MICE events during 2017 was up 28 per cent year-on-year to MOP3,456, ‘and spending of those coming for shopping (MOP2,571) and vacation (MOP2,508) went up by 6.5 per cent and 11.3 per cent respectively’.

Quarterly results

The spending of visitors in the fourth quarter of 2017 increased 23 per cent year-on-year and 14.2 per cent quarter-to-quarter to MOP18.19 billion. The total spending of overnight visitors (MOP14.78 billion) and same-day visitors (MOP3.41 billion) rose by 22.9 per cent and 23.1 per cent, respectively, year-on-year,’ DSEC data revealed.

Per capita spending in the period was up 13.2 per cent year-on-year and 7.6 per cent quarter-to-quarter to MOP2,072. Mainland Chinese per capita spending increased 12.1 per cent year-on-year to MOP2,417, with those coming from Guangdong Province spending 13.3 per cent more at MOP2,083. Mainland visitors travelling under the Individual Visit Scheme spent an average of MOP2,817, up 15.9 per cent.

Most of the spending was concentrated on shopping (47.7 per cent of the total), accommodation (24.4 per cent) and food & beverage (20.2 per cent) during the quarter.

‘Per capita shopping spending of visitors rose by 22.0 per cent year-on-year to MOP990,’ says DSEC.